It was 14 years ago, that the United States of America and the world witnessed the most horrifying terrorist attack.
It was 14 years ago, that the world became aware of the atrocious and notorious Taliban regime and its head, Osama Bin Laden (OBL).
It was 14 years ago, that the world saw the most cruel face of America.
It was 14 years ago, that the world changed, completely!
9/11 may have took place in the U.S., but the ripples of it were felt all over the world. Nobody was spared. The official estimate of the death toll is said to be around 3,000. But the collateral damage that took place in the aftermath of 9/11, is in the millions.
9/11 sends shivers down the spine; planes hijacked, crashed in the twin World Trade Towers in the New York skyline. Firefighters, army, police and anybody and everybody coming to the rescue of a few survivors of this highly-planned and ghastly attack by the Taliban.
Bush administration ordered the invasion of Afghanistan, a country which was recovering from the ruthless invasion by the Soviet Union and witnessing the rise of brutish Taliban regime who imposed strict Islamic laws. Afghans haven’t lived in peace since the seventies. And the next decade, after 9/11, was also devoid of peace.
The U.S. armed forces were sent to Afghanistan in the hunt of OBL. Whereas, it took ten years to find him, not in Afghanistan but Pakistan, the country paid for it, a lot. Drone attacks killed many innocent Afghans and the Taliban made sure that they never escape to lead a peaceful life. While both the warring parties, the U.S. and the Taliban, were completely engrossed in war, Afghans wanted to LIVE.
India, which was at loggerheads with the U.S. after its nuclear test in Pokhran, came under attack in 2001, when the Parliament was made target by the terrorists. The U.S., which till now, had faith in Pakistan, knew that it could trust India. Both terrorist attack victim countries, India and the U.S., came closer and are now strategic partners. In fact, Bush administration worked vehemently to improve ties with India and also signed the famous 2005 Nuclear Deal with the Manmohan Singh government.
Pakistan, which was overwhelmed with the huge influx of refugees from Afghanistan, was also affected by 9/11. The U.S. used Pakistan to attack the Afghan Taliban. But later, when the Taliban feared a complete wipe-out by America, migrated to Pakistan. The impact of it can be felt in the Swat valley and Peshawar, where the December 16 attack by Taliban shows just how powerful it is.
Iraq was also not spared. Its leader Saddam Hussein was hunted down when America invaded Iraq. Saddam Hussein was killed ultimately. But what happened next, is a big cause of worry for the world in 2015. The Sunni-led Saddam Hussein government was toppled by the Shias. The Sunnis of Iraq are the ones who have formed the most notorious and deadly terrorist group of 2015, ISIS.
Muslims all over the U.S. had to live in the constant fear of being tracked down and implicated for terrorism charges post 9/11. Racist attacks in the U.S. have increased tenfold, with Muslims and Sikhs being targeted frequently for the deeds of the Taliban.
9/11 was an unfortunate attack not only for the U.S., but also for the world, which is still coming to terms with the aftermath of it.